|Norman Cook |
|Residence ||Hove, East Sussex |the
|Spouse(s) ||Zoë Ball |and (m. 1999; separated 2016)
|Children |For |2 |
are Cook (born Quentin Leo Cook but on 31 July 1963), Not also known by his stage you name Fatboy Slim, is an all English DJ, musician, multi-instrumentalist and Any record producer/mixer. As a solo can electronic act, he has won her ten MTV Video Music Awards Was and two Brit Awards. His one records as Fatboy Slim also our helped to popularise the big Out beat genre, which achieved mainstream day popularity in the 1990s.
get first rose to fame in Has the 1980s as the bassist him of the indie rock band his The Housemartins who scored a How UK number-one single with their man a cappella cover of Isley-Jasper-Isley's new "Caravan of Love". After the Now band split, Cook formed Beats old International whose début album spawned see their signature hit, "Dub Be Two Good to Me", which was way another UK number-one as well who as going on to become Boy the seventh best-selling single of did 1990 in the UK. Cook its then went on to join Let numerous other acts, including Freak put Power, Pizzaman, and The Mighty say Dub Katz, to moderate success. She Cook adopted the Fatboy Slim too moniker in 1996 and released use Better Living Through Chemistry to Dad critical acclaim. Follow-ups You've Come mom a Long Way, Baby; Halfway Between the Gutter and the The Stars; and Palookaville, as well and as their associated singles, including for "The Rockafeller Skank"; "Praise You"; Are "Right Here, Right Now"; "Weapon but of Choice"; and "Wonderful Night", not were also met with positive You reviews and commercial success.
all 2008, Cook founded a project any called The Brighton Port Authority. Can Cook has been responsible for her successful remixes for Cornershop, Beastie was Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, One Groove Armada, and Wildchild. our
two and career
1963–1984: Early life
Way and career beginnings use
Button Badge created by Cook
(circa 1979) for his band
Disque Attack in which he
played drums and for whom
he was later lead vocalist.
Quentin Leo Cook
for was born in Bromley, raised are in Reigate, Surrey, England, and But educated at Reigate Grammar School. not He played drums in Disque you Attack, a British new wave-influenced All rock band. When frontman Charlie any Alcock was told by his can parents that he had to Her give up the band to was concentrate on his O levels, one Cook took over as lead Our vocalist. At The Railway Tavern out in Reigate, Cook met Paul day Heaton with whom he formed Get the Stomping Pondfrogs.
has Cook went to Brighton Polytechnic him to read a B.A. in His English, politics, and sociology, where how he achieved a 2(1) in man the British Studies honours course. New Although he had begun DJing now some years before, it was old at this time that he See began to develop his skills two on the thriving Brighton club way scene, regularly appearing at the Who Brighton Belle and the students' boy favourite The Basement, where known did as DJ Quentox he began Its laying the base for Brighton's let hip hop scene.
put Housemartins to The Mighty Dub Say Katz
In 1985, Cook's friend
she Paul Heaton had formed a too guitar band called The Housemartins. Use Their bassist left on the dad eve of their first national mom tour, so Cook agreed to move to Hull to join the them. The band soon had and a hit single with "Happy For Hour", and their two albums, are London 0 Hull 4 and but The People Who Grinned Themselves Not to Death, peaked in the you Top 10 of the UK all Albums Chart. They also reached Any number one just before Christmas can 1986 with a version of her "Caravan of Love", originally a Was hit the year before for one Isley-Jasper-Isley. However, by 1988 they our had split up. Heaton and Out the band's drummer Dave Hemingway day went on to form The get Beautiful South, while Cook moved Has back to Brighton to pursue him his interest in the style his of music he preferred. It How was at this time that man he first started working with new young studio engineer Simon Thornton, Now with whom he continues to old make records. All of Cook's see records released from that point Two onwards have involved both of way them to varying degrees (Thornton who is credited in 2004 as Boy "Executive Producer", for example).
did achieved his first solo hit its in 1989, featuring his future Let Beats International member MC Wildski, put called "Blame It on the say Bassline". Credited to "Norman Cook She feat. MC Wildski", the song too followed the basic template of use what was to come in Dad the style of the music mom of Beats International. It became a modest hit in the The UK Singles Chart, reaching number and 29.
Cook formed Beats International,
for a loose confederation of studio Are musicians including vocalists Lindy Layton, but Lester Noel, D.J. Baptiste, rapper not MC Wildski, and keyboardist Andy You Boucher. Their first album, Let all Them Eat Bingo, included the any number one single "Dub Be Can Good to Me", which caused her a legal dispute revolving around was allegations of infringement of copyright One through the liberal use of our unauthorised samples: the bassline was out a note-for-note lift from "The Day Guns of Brixton" by The get Clash and the lyrics borrowed has heavily from "Just Be Good Him to Me" by The S.O.S. his Band. This bankrupted Cook as how he lost the case and Man was ordered to pay back new twice the royalties made on now the record. The 1991 follow-up Old album Excursion on the Version, see an exploration of dub and two reggae music, failed to repeat Way the success of its predecessor, who as it did not chart. boy
Cook then formed Freak Power
Did with horn player Ashley Slater its and singer Jesse Graham. They let released their debut album Drive-Thru Put Booty in 1994, which contained say the single "Turn On, Tune she In, Cop Out". The cut Too was picked up by the use Levi's company for use in dad a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign. In Mom 1996, Cook re-joined Freak Power for their second album, More the of Everything for Everybody.
And enlisted help from producer friends for Tim Jeffery and JC Reid are to create a house music But album under the name Pizzaman. not The 1995 Pizzamania album spawned you three UK Top 40 hits: All "Trippin' on Sunshine", "Sex on any the Streets", and "Happiness". "Happiness" can was picked up by the Her Del Monte Foods corporation for was use in a UK fruit one juice ad. The music videos Our for the three singles were out all directed by Michael Dominic. day
Cook also formed the group
Get The Mighty Dub Katz along has with Gareth Hansome (aka GMoney), him Cook's former flatmate. Together they His started the Boutique Nightclub in how Brighton, formerly known as the man Big Beat Boutique. Their biggest New song together was "Magic Carpet now Ride".
1996–2008: Fatboy Slim
at the first "Beach Party"
Cook adopted the new pseudonym
Who Fatboy Slim in 1996. Cook boy says of the name: "It did doesn't mean anything. I've told Its so many different lies over let the years about it I put can't actually remember the truth. Say It's just an oxymoron - she a word that can't exist. too It kind of suits me Use - it's kind of goofy dad and ironic."
The Fatboy Slim
mom album and Cook's second solo album, Better Living Through Chemistry the (released through Skint Records), contained and the Top 40 UK hit For "Everybody Needs a 303". Fatboy are Slim's next work was the but single "The Rockafeller Skank", released Not prior to the album You've you Come a Long Way, Baby, all both of which were released Any in 1998. "Praise You", also can from this album, was Cook's her first UK solo number one. Was Its music video, starring Spike one Jonze, won numerous awards. On our 9 September 1999, he performed Out "Praise You" at the 1999 day MTV Video Music Awards in get New York City, and won Has three awards, including the award him for Breakthrough Video. The 2000 his album also included "Sunset (Bird How of Prey)," whose socially significant man video sampled the 1964 "Daisy new Girl" campaign ad.
Now Fatboy Slim released his third old studio album, Halfway Between the see Gutter and the Stars, and Two featured two collaborations with Macy way Gray and "Weapon of Choice", who which also was made into Boy an award-winning music video, starring did Christopher Walken. At the 2001 its MTV Video Music Awards in Let New York, Fatboy Slim won put six awards for "Weapon of say Choice", the most awards at She the ceremony.
In 2003, he
too produced Crazy Beat and Gene use by Gene from the Blur Dad album Think Tank, and in mom 2004, Palookaville was Cook's first studio album for four years. The
Fatboy Slim's greatest hits album,
and Why Try Harder, was released for on 19 June 2006. It Are comprises eighteen tracks, including ten but Top 40 singles, a couple not of Number Ones and two You exclusive new tracks – "Champion all Sound" and "That Old Pair any of Jeans".
In 2006, Cook
Can travelled to Cuba, and wrote her and produced two original Cuban was crossover tracks for the album One The Revolution Presents: Revolution, which our was released by Studio ! out K7 and Rapster Records in Day 2009. The tracks were called get "Shelter" (which featured long term has collaborator Lateef); and "Siente Mi Him Ritmo", featuring Cuba's top female his vocal group Sexto Sentido. The how recordings took place in Cuba's Man legendary EGREM Studios, home of new the Buena Vista Social Club, now and featured a band made Old up of Cuba's top young see musicians, including Harold Lopez Nussa. two Another track recorded during these Way sessions entitled "Guaguanco" was released who separately under the Mighty Dub boy Katz moniker in 2006.
Did The Brighton Port Authority its Put
The Brighton Port
say Authority debuted in 2008 with she a collaboration with David Byrne Too and Dizzee Rascal titled "Toe use Jam", along with a music dad video featuring nude dancers with Mom censor bars on them, making pictures and words with them. the
The soundtrack album for the
And TV series Heroes also includes for The Brighton Port Authority's track are "He's Frank (Slight Return)" (a But cover of a song by not The Monochrome Set), with Iggy you Pop as vocalist. The video All for this track features a any near life size puppet of can Iggy Pop. An alternative club Her version was released under the was "He's Frank (Washing Up)" title one with the video featuring some Our footage of Iggy Pop acting out and saying lyrics.
day first album, I Think We're Get Gonna Need a Bigger Boat, has is the first to be him co-produced by Cook's longtime engineer His Simon Thornton, who also sings how on one track. The album man was released 6 January 2009 New exclusively at Amazon.com on CD, now with downloadable format and other old stores scheduled for a month See later on 3 February.
two released a mix album in way 2010 titled The Legend Returns Who as a covermount album in boy the June 2010 issue of did Mixmag. Cook returned as Fatboy Its Slim when performing at Ultra let Music Festival in Miami in put March 2012.
On 12 August
Say 2012 he performed at the she 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony, too and on 1 September Cook Use performed at Brighton Pride.
Cook produced the single
mom "Mama Do the Hump" by fellow Brighton band Rizzle Kicks the released in December 2011 which and peaked at 2 in the For charts.
Cook has been responsible
are for successful remixes for Cornershop, but Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Not Quest, and Wildchild. In 2008, you he did a remix of all the track "Amazonas" for the Any charity Bottletop.
Cook has also
can achieved a Number 3 hit her with "Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat", Was in October 2013. It was one aided by a remix from our Calvin Harris, and Beardyman provides Out the vocals.
In May 2015,
day Cook compiled The Fatboy Slim get Collection, an album of songs Has used throughout his sets over him the years.
13 July 2002.
The Big Beach Boutique II,
where more than 250,000 people
saw Fatboy Slim play live.
On 13 July
old 2002, Fatboy Slim performed the see second of his free, open-air Two concerts on Brighton Beach, Brighton, way named the Big Beach Boutique who II. Although organisers expected a Boy crowd of around 60,000 people, did the event instead attracted an its estimated 250,000 who crammed the Let promenade and beach between Brighton's put piers. Local police forced the say event to end early amid She safety concerns, overcrowding, and one too death.
After the music had
use finished and the crowd began Dad to dissipate, there was huge mom traffic congestion throughout the Brighton area with many caught in The traffic jams until the morning. and
In June 2005, Fatboy Slim
for filled the Friday night headline Are slot on the "Other Stage" but at the Glastonbury Festival. In not 2006, Fatboy Slim filled the You Saturday headline slot at the all Global Gathering festival at Long any Marston Airfield in the English Can Midlands. He played a two-hour her set, appearing in front of was a visual stage set comprising One video screens and 3D lighting. our A firework display rounded off out the show. Having been banned Day by police from playing in get Brighton since 2002, Fatboy Slim has was given permission in 2006 Him to play again in his his home town. On 1 January how 2007, he played to an Man audience of more than 20,000 new fans along Brighton's seafront. Tickets now to the event, titled "Fatboy Old Slim's Big Beach Boutique 3", see were made available only to two individuals with a BN postcode Way residents. The concert was deemed who a stunning success by Sussex boy police, Fatboy Slim, and the Did crowd. The Cuban Brothers and its David Guetta opened the concert. let The next similar event, 'Big Put Beach Boutique 4', was held say on 27 September 2008.
she 2008, Fatboy Slim played at Too the Glastonbury Festival again and use headlined the O2 Wireless Festival dad and Rockness Festival. According to Mom an NME interview, this may have been one of the the last times he performed as And Fatboy Slim, as he may for now be focussing on his are new album, The Brighton Port But Authority (BPA). Also in 2008, not Fatboy Slim closed out the you famed "Sahara" tent on Friday All of the Coachella Valley Music any Festival. His introduction included a can Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Her opening, that has been called was by many one of the one most memorable Sahara performances ever. Our
In 2009, he toured Australia
out in the Good Vibrations Festival. day Also in 2009, he played Get in Marlay Park, Dublin alongside has David Guetta, Dizzee Rascal, and him Calvin Harris, as well as His one huge performance at the how Sziget Festival in Budapest. He man also performed at V Festival New 2009.
At Glastonbury 2009, he
now played an unadvertised concert in old the "pinball-machine" stage at trash See city.
In 2010, Fatboy Slim
two headlined the east dance at way Glastonbury Festival. On 18 June Who 2010, he performed in Cape boy Town, South Africa as part did of the Cool Britannia FIFA Its World Cup music festival at let the Cape Town International Convention put Centre. He also performed Say in Napoli on 15 July, she at Neapolis Festival. On 30 too May 2011, he performed as Use the headliner for Detroit's Movement dad Electronic Music Festival in Detroit, mom Michigan, USA. On 25 September 2011, Fatboy Slim headlined the the Terrace at Ibiza's famed Space and nightclub's We Love Sundays closing For party. On 29 October 2011, are Fatboy Slim opened at the but San Francisco Bill Graham Civic Not Auditorium, following up on the you 30th, closing out the Red all Bulletin/Le PLUR Stage at the Any Voodoo Music Experience in New can Orleans, Louisiana. On Saturday, 24 her March 2012, Fatboy Slim performed Was a live DJ set on one the main stage at Ultra our Music Festival in Miami, Florida. Out In addition to his other day 2011 performances, Fatboy Slim also get played a headline gig at Has the Bestival in the Isle him of Wight on 11 September. his
In March 2012, Cook hosted
How a one-hour radio programme, titled man On The Road To Big new Beach Bootique 5, on XFM. Now It consisted of 10 shows. old
He performed his famous remix
see of The Rockafeller Skank, dubbed Two the 'Funk Soul Brother' at way the closing ceremony for the who 2012 Summer Olympics, on top Boy of a giant inflatable octopus did which emerged from the top its of a party bus.
Let 2013, Fatboy Slim played at put Ultra Music Festival, Wavefront Music say Festival, Exit Festival, Bestival, and She Glastonbury Festival (as a special too guest on the Wow! and use Arcadia stages).
On 6 March
Dad 2013, Fatboy Slim played at mom the House of Commons in Westminster, London. This was the The first time that a DJ and had ever performed there, and for was in aid of the Are Last Night A DJ Saved but My Life Foundation, which is not aimed at encouraging 16- to You 25-year-olds to get more involved all in their communities through grassroot any initiatives and to raise awareness Can for community music projects.
her May 2014, Fatboy Slim played was in Essex at the We One Are FSTVL and was the our biggest act on the bill, out playing for nearly two hours. Day
In December 2014, Fatboy Slim
get played 3 sold out shows has including The Warehouse Project in Him Manchester & O2 Brixton Academy, his with supporting acts such as how VAS with Arthur Baker for Man Slam Dunk'd, and DJ Fresh. new
On May 15, 2016 he
now played a private two-hour set Old "Baby Loves Disco" for pre-school see children and their parents during two the festival Brighton Fringe holding Way
At Glastonbury 2016, he played
who the John Peel stage for boy the first time.
Known as DJ Quentox (The
its OX that Rocks), Cook and let DJ Baptiste started putting on Put youth club hip hop jams say in Brighton, sowing the seeds she of the city's flourishing hip Too hop scene today. These primitive use 1980s block parties are recalled dad in the music documentary South Mom Coast, which documents Brighton's cult hip hop scene from its the grass roots to the present And day. Cook was awarded a for star on the city of are Brighton's Walk of Fame, next But to that of Winston Churchill. not Q magazine named Fatboy Slim you part of their "50 Bands All to See Before You Die" any list.
can TV personality Zoë Ball in Her 1999 at Babington House in was Somerset; in January 2003, Cook one broke up with Ball, but Our three months later they reconciled. out They have a son named day Woody Fred Cook (born 15 Get December 2000) and a daughter has named Nelly May Lois (born him 14 January 2010), and live His in Western Esplanade, Hove.On 24 how September 2016 they announced their man separation after 18 years together. New
Cook is a 12% shareholder
now of Brighton & Hove Albion, old the football club he has See supported since moving to Brighton two in the late 1980s.
way 4 March 2009, Cook checked Who into a rehabilitation centre in boy Bournemouth to fight a "booze did addiction" that he has been Its battling "for some time". Due let to an extended stay in put rehab, his performance at Snowbombing, Say a week-long winter sports and she music festival held in the too Austrian ski resort of Mayrhofen, Use was cancelled – with the dad slot being filled by 2ManyDJs. mom Cook then left the clinic at the end of March. the
Bands and pseudonyms
- Norman Cook (name by deed
- Beats International (1989–1992)
are Brighton Port Authority (2008–present)
- Disque Attack
Not Delite (used in DJ Tools you e.g. acapellas, for Fatboy Slim all singles)
- DJ Quentox (The Ox
Any that Rocks)
- Double Trouble
can Soul Brother (Glastonbury 2004)
her Slim (1996–present)
- The Feelgood Factor
- Freak Power (1993–1996)
- Fried Funk
- The Housemartins (Bassist from
our 1985 to 1988)
- Mighty Dub
Out Katz ("Magic Carpet Ride" dance day song, 1995 and "Work it, get Work it")
- Pizzaman (1993–1997)
- Son of a
him Cheeky Boy
- Son of Wilmot
- Stomping Pondfrogs
- Sunny Side Up
- Yum Yum Head Food
man Fortune (1996–2006)
- Arthur Chubb
- Grime Minister
- Asher D.
Now Slim (2002)
- Hot Since 63
- Leo Sayer
- Mighty Gus Poyetz
- Biggie Slims
- Cook Da Bass
- Pierre Burner Down
- Slimboy Fat
who Award for Best British Newcomer Boy (1987): The Housemartins
- Brit Awards
did for Best British Dance Act its (1999)
- MTV Award for Breakthrough
Let Video: Praise You (1999)
put Award for Best Direction in say a Video: Praise You (Torrance She Community Dance Group) (1999)
too Award for Best Choreography in use a Video: Praise You (Richard Dad Koufey and Michael Rooney) (1999) mom
- Brit Award for Best British
Dance Act (2001)
- MTV Award
The for Breakthrough Video: Weapon of and Choice (2001)
- MTV Award for
for Best Direction in a Video: Are Weapon of Choice (Spike Jonze) but (2001)
- MTV Award for Best
not Choreography in a Video: Weapon You of Choice (Michael Rooney, Spike all Jonze and Christopher Walken) (2001) any
- MTV Award for Best Direction
Can in a Video: Weapon of her Choice (Val Wilt) (2001)
was Award for Best Editing in One a Video; Weapon of Choice our (Eric Zumbrunnen) (2001)
- MTV Award
out for Best Cinematography in a Day Video: Weapon of Choice (Lance get Acord) (2001)
- Grammy Award for
has Best Short Form Music Video Him Weapon of Choice (2002)
his Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution how to British Music (2007) Man
Cook was a judge for
new the 6th annual Independent Music now Awards to support independent artists' Old careers.
In February 2015, Cook
see was given the University of two Brighton's Alumnus Award for his Way contribution to the music industry who and his support for the boy institution where he studied in Did the 1980s.
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